Mobile Home Kitchen Update Before and After Home Makeovers, Home Remodeling Ideas The kitchen is often called the heart of a home. With as much time as we spend in the rooms we should have the space looking exactly how we want it. I wanted mine to have a more modern feel. How hard is it, though, to turn a 1978 mobile home kitchen into a stylish, more modern room? Not that hard at all! A little paint and a few things from the home improvement store is all you need. As you might know, we live in a 1978 Homette single wide mobile home. This is what it looked like the day we bought it: This is what I had to work with! I saw the potential – I just didn’t have the money needed to reach its full potential so I did the next best thing – an affordable mobile home kitchen makeover! We were still saving up for the new flooring, ceilings and windows but I did have enough for some paint and brushes and even a couple of low-cost extra’s that would update the space. This single wide itself is only about 12 feet wide, the kitchen and dining area is about 14 and a half feet long. The pantry/closet combo on the right side takes up approximately 16 sq. ft. and the counters are very wide at around 2 ft so it’s a roomy space to be in a 696 square foot home. What to Buy The cabinets are, of course, the cheap particleboard with a very thin paper veneer printed with an image of real wood. I bought Kilz Primer and the premium Valspar paint at Lowe’s, along with premium brushes and rollers. Painting kitchens and bathrooms is not the time to go cheap! Good brushes reduces the lines and helps give a smoother and more even coverage. What to Do Sand The project began by sanding the loose and damaged paper off the corners and edges. This was a little tricky because if I completely removed the paper, I would be left with a very rough surface that would soak up the paint and I would need to spend more money to cover the cabinets with osb or something similar. I needed as much paper as possible left on the face of the cabinets to act as a shield for the paint against the dry, brittle, and very thirsty particle board. A fine grade sand paper worked great to even out and clean up everything, and still keep the veneer. Clean Once I sanded everything down to get the loose paper off and smooth the particle board edges, I cleaned it all using warm water and industrial cleaner that we had found at Big Lots. I wiped everything down 2 times and let it dry over night. Sand again! Once the cabinets and frame dried overnight, they were ready to be sanded again! Nothing much, just some touch-ups. I found a little courage and figured out that the grittier sandpaper worked fine on the edges of the doors, where the particleboard looked like the Appalachian Mountains, instead of a smooth table top. Clean It, Again! Once the sanding was finished and I was happy with the edges – I cleaned it all again. Uck! I let it dry overnight again, too. Prime It All Using Kilz, I laid down the first coat of primer. It was a very thin, very light coat. I sanded again and painted again.The cabinets look great with my appliances, as the white gives a very clean look all around. Appliance repair parts will be really easy to find, without mismatching from the cabinets. I also painted the pantry door and the little wall that stands where the cabinets end with blackboard paint. The area of wall around the windows were painted with green apple. I think thinner coats and more of them is the way to go when painting. (I am not a professional, I’ve just painted several times in my life.) The next step in the update was adding some shelving. I bought pre-made shelves that were very long in order to span the 2 windows over the sink. Then I added paper shades and then added all my pretties. I like it and I have less than a $125.00 in it. It’s not meant to be permanent. It just needs to do till it gets gutted completely. Thank you for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living! Share with your friends and family!Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Trinity June 6, 2015 I love your kitchen makeover! I recently found your blog when googling mobile homes. We are thinking of buying a manufactured home with some property to be closer to my family and get out of town. I live in WV too- in St. Albans currently. Thanks for the great blog. I used to have one and I know it’s a lot of work! Reply Crystal Adkins June 8, 2015 Hi Trinity! It’s great to have a fellow WV reading MHL! Thank you so much! If you’re ever in Oak Hill let me know – we can have lunch. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.